Posts from November 2021

A Letter from Rev. Averill

Reclaim our Sacred Space By Rev. Averill Elizabeth Blackburn During the past several weeks, Florence Congregational Church has gone through a great many changes—and several people have come to me in distress over these changes.  I understand.  I, too, have been distressed by the one week removal of our cross.  I have found the new stage area in our sanctuary to be foreign.  I mourned seeing the sign of our church removed from the side lawn. At times like these,…

Daily Hampshire Gazette

Florence Congregational Church (FCC) and the Bombyx Center have been featured in the Daily Hampshire Gazette. If you haven’t already read the article, read it here.

Mini Sermon #62 A Reformation Sunday

Reading: Romans 3:23-28 (NRSV) Indulgences.  We hear that word and maybe think of a candy bar, a beer on a Friday night, or maybe some chocolate chip cookie dough.  However, in the Middle Ages, the term “indulgences” was a religious word.  An indulgence was a piece of paper that the Catholic Church sold to absolve you—anyone really—of a sin.  The greater the sin, the costlier the indulgence.  They were invented when the Catholic coffers ran a little dry.  Why not? …

Call to Meeting 11/14

ALL CHURCH MEETING: You are hereby notified of the upcoming Annual Meeting of the Florence Congregational Church on November 14, 2021 following the morning worship service in the Sanctuary. NOTICES:  Choir Pews:  for sale to members for $100, complete with cushions. Please feel free to call the office to leave a message for Phyllis if you are interested. Let the office know by December 1st. Six pews are available: 2 short and 4 long. Religious Education: A CALENDAR FUNDRAISER will begin…